IMPHAL, JAN 27: Joining with rest of the country, Manipur on Sunday celebrated the 71st Republic Day of India with pomp and gaiety amid a boycott called by different militant groups in the region.
The colourful State level function was held at the historic Kangla Fort with Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla unfurling the tricolor flag and receiving the customary salute during the parade.
Governor took salute from as many as 118 different march past contingents including uniformed services, schools, colleges and bands platoons, 17 cultural troupes and 16 tableaux of different Government Departments.
On the occasion the Governor handed out President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Jemadar Md. Ghiyasuddin of 7th IRB. On the other hand, Police Medal for Meritorious Service was given to Dy. CO of 1st MR Shri Suresh Thapa, Shri S. Sarat Chandra Singh of 3rd IRB, ASI of MPTO Shri Devishore, Head Constable Shri K. Brojen Singh of Imphal West District, Head Constable Khualthianthang Vaiphei of Churachandpur District and Havildar Bhomen Sharma of 7th IRB. The Governor also handed over Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training to Subedar Kh. Naba Singh, Havildar Y. Guneshore Singh and Havindar D. Mathew Maring and Rifleman Y. Sundar Singh of Manipur Police Training College.
While delivering the vote of thanks at 1st Bn. M.R. ground, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the day has been celebrated every year to recall the day on which constitution of the country was adopted on January 26, 1950 aftermath the attainment of freedom on Augusts 15, 1947. The country has achieved speedy development due to the efforts of the successive governments formed after independence. India is now among the countries of the world which can march ahead.
Being a part of this democratic country, the present BJP led government is striving towards inclusive and all round development for all for both hills and valley with a sense of unity, peace and harmony and to fulfill the aspirations of the people.
Stating that the government is striving hard towards restoring the hill-valley ties, the Chief minister said that the participation of all communities in the Republic day parade signifies the revival of the close bond between people of different communities residing in the state.
Stating that the main objective of the BJP-led coalition government in the state is to ensure equal opportunities, equal development and translation of public aspiration into action, he said it is under this objective that the State Government have initiated Go to Hills and Go to Village. After commencement of the mission, government has been able to reach out benefits and development directly to the remote areas where ministers and MLAs could not access to. Unity and understanding can be brought only when every community shares equal development and equal opportunities.
Stating that equal infrastructural development in every district rather than confining in the capital city only is top priority of the government, he said that it is under this objective that the government constructed woman market sheds, quarters of teachers, Doctors/Nurses, water harvesting projects in the districts.
As Government feels education is backbone of society, one school of every Assembly constituency was selected for infrastructural development under School Fagathanshi Mission. Such schools will have Pre-Nursery classes to compete others. Necessary teachers have been posted to 61 schools. Some newly developed schools under the mission will be handed to the people by February this year, added the CM.
In Health sector, government is striving the provide better health care facilities by upgrading the Primary Health sub centres to Health and Wellness centres.
Appealing to the security forces, Chief minister said that security forces personnel should never forget that they are disciplined forces, who are different from the civilian. They are committed, dedicated forces supposed to protect the life and property of the people and defend the country. For this purpose, they are given with arms by the people with a trust.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.